It’s an exciting year, right now, for libertarianism to come alive and offer up a solution to the mess we are in. The country’s in a mess. We are in a bankruptcy. The things that we have tried for many, many years — the Progressive Era has ended, and the only answers as far as I am concerned can be found in libertarian ideas. The basic principle, of course, is that of the rejection of the initiation of force — the nonaggression principle.
If we become wishy-washy in our votes and sound like just modified Republicans, I don’t think we can get as many votes and do as well because the message is very, very powerful. It’s an American message.… It’s more popular than ever because of the failure of the system that we have.
As far as I’m concerned, the message is the whole issue. And if we get into the system by saying, “oh well, maybe I can get more votes if I sound more moderate and more middle-of-the-road,” I think that’s useless. Usually you don’t get more votes, and you watered down the message.
The above originally appeared at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.